“Do you have anything electronic in your bag?” the security officer asked me.
The appointment was at 9:15. I arrived at 8:45.
“Yes,” I replied to the guard, pulling out my computer, headphones, and a charger out of my bag.
It was good that I came early, because there was a queue outside. When my turn came to enter the embassy, it was almost 9:15.
“Put them into this box,” the officer ordered.
He checked me [from head to toe].
“Please go left and then upstairs,” he showed me directions to consulate part of the 3-storey embassy building.
I took a ‘number’ from the machine [I don`t know what it is called] that gives out numbers to people in the waiting room, to organize a queue.
My turn came after some 10-15 minutes. The consulate officer called me to “window #6”.
“Hiii,” she said with a a nice American smile on her face.
“Hi,” I responded with an UZBEK smile [on my Pakistani face].
“What is the purpose of your visit to the United States?” the officer asked me.
“To visit a few universities,” I said looking straight into her eyes.
“Aha…,” she said as if waiting for me to continue.
“I am thinking of visiting Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee,” I carried on. “I was there last year.”
“Oh, my sister lives in Nashville,” she interrupted. “It is a nice town.”
“It is a beautiful city,” I agreed.
“Do you want to continue your studies in the US?”
“Yes. I am thinking of doing my Masters there,” I answered.
She nodded her head twice. Looked at her computer. Then without moving her eyes off the screen, she ‘robottically’ said; “Your visa has been approved. You can pick it up in 3-4 business days.”
I have picked up my passport. They gave me a visa to America for 1 year.